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Issue No. 2448

BBC World Service studio walkout

Studio managers at the BBC Global News studio struck for 12 hours on Thursday of last week.

The members of the Bectu union are fighting scheduling changes which reduce the number of people who can take leave at any one time.

Bectu said the walkout directly affected the BBC World Service output.


Fast food workers hold day of action

The Fast Food Rights campaign is set to take part in a global day of action on Wednesday of next week. It is supported by the bakers’ Bfawu union.

Protests will be held outside branches of McDonalds in towns and cities across Britain to demand a living wage and better working conditions.

The day of action was called in solidarity with fast food workers in the US. They have built a movement for £10 an hour wages and the right to organise in trade unions.

Find your nearest action fastfoodrights.wordpress.com

Tour guides vote to strike over pay

Tour guides and exhibition workers at the Globe Theatre in London have voted to strike over pay.

The members of the Bectu union voted by 96.9 percent to strike, and 100 percent were in favour of action short of a strike. 

They are fighting for a higher pay deal than the £11.72 per hour offered by bosses, which is lower than pay rates at similar London venues.


Students and staff win the Living Wage 

All workers at the University of Bath from 1 April will now receive the Living Wage of £7.85 an hour. 

Although the deal is not yet consolidated into staff contracts it’s a step forward for workers on minimum wage zero hours contracts.

After two years of campaigning by students and workers bosses agreed to the discretionary pay supplement.


Public trains would be much cheaper

Season tickets could be 10 percent cheaper by 2017 if rail services were run by the public sector, according to new research published by the Action for Rail campaign.

It said if the contracts for 11 train lines up for renewal between 2015 and 2020 were publicly run an estimated £1.5 billion could be saved.

Some £520 million could be invested alone from private shareholder dividends.


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Tue 7 Apr 2015, 17:52 BST
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